By David Glenn Cox
I was bagging my groceries at the self-check out when I saw on them on the machine opposite me. Facing me a mask less couple bagging their groceries. At first, I was stunned then my blood began to boil. How long have these people just three feet away been breathing on me? Reporting them to the nearest Walmart employee, I was told, “We’re not allowed to enforce the mask mandate.” Ah, what? The Governor of the sovereign state of Colorado issues an emergency mandate; and the manager at Walmart has it in his power to grant indulgences? I went to three more employees and got same story.
My father used to say, “The right to swing your arm ends at my nose.” You are not required to wear a mask anywhere but inside of a public building. But when you come into a confined space without a mask, you risk infecting me! Those are not your rights those are mine! I have a right NOT to be infected by loathsome knuckle dragging troglodytes. A big shoutout to Southwest Airlines, the female of the couple, I won’t say lady wore a Southwest Tee shirt. Great advertising fills me with confidence as I board the plane. The famous business writer Zig Ziglar once said, “If a seat tray has coffee rings on it, you begin to question the engine maintenance.” If they can’t do something simple how can you trust them to do something difficult? If this is an example of your employees on their off time, I better call Greyhound.
Just think, Walmart is above the law. The police move in shutting down bars and large parties but Walmart skates! “Yeah, I know we’ve got that big sign on the door. But come on it anyway; there’s only a few of you. We are most certainly doomed by the lack of general medical education. It only takes one! All those employees disinfecting all those shelves and wiping down carts are wasting their flipping time. Come on in Super Spreader! Contact tracing… “went to Walmart.”
As all this swirled around me in this neverland where the law is only the law until you step inside the door of Walmart. I did one hundred million dollars’ worth of research in five minutes into the pandemic and now understand it fully. Without leadership people die. Without guts and backbone people die. Walmart and businesses like Walmart are counting rooms filled with computers working 24hrs a day to come up with some new way to pry the nickels from out of your pocket. Like wild animals they’ll come into your yard and eat your flowers because no one will stop them. They will get away with what ever they like. They will get away with murder, and that is what it is all about , its murderous. Willful negligent homicide and if you ever needed to see the final nail in Capitalism, you’re looking at it.
Nikita Khrushchev warned the Soviet Union would sell Capitalism the rope to hang itself with. Nope! Walmart has everyday low, low, prices on all the deadliest viruses, we’ll get our rope there thank you! The Walmart computers estimate that your death is wholly inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. Walmart fears alienating the loathsome knuckle dragging troglodytes they call their base. This great Diablo with their smiley face and bloody hands can’t be blamed for deaths. They are just a money machine public health is someone else’s problem. It’s not like we’re members of the community or something. Didn’t we give to the little league? Now you know why Mitch McConnell fights so hard to protect employers from civil liabilities.
Some enterprising Walmart Employee who catches Covid-19 and survives would certainly have bingo bango lawsuit against their employer. “That’s right your Honor, we were told not to stop customers without masks, despite the governor’s order. And then I got real sick. I had this vision; I was delirious and somehow I had gone from being a stock boy at Walmart to owning a large estate in the Caribbean with a big sailboat at the dock.” Willful negligence leading to death…voluntary manslaughter.
Walmart at the very least has committed a fraud which has endangered my life. They led me to believe with signage and employees that this was a safe place to visit while at the same time having an unspoken policy of not stopping those without masks. Had I known this in advance, I would have gone somewhere else. That’s why it is important for me to tell you. Whatever your local rules, they don’t apply at Walmart.
I have half a mind to go back to Walmart and do my shopping naked with a mask of course. I’ll buy a pack of cigarettes and a six pack of beer and spend my afternoon in housewares. Maybe do some shopping for a new TV. “What do you mean I can’t smoke in here? You let people walk around without masks! Who says I have to wear clothes! If I don’t have to wear a mask by what right do you demand I wear pants! My nakedness will not potentially kill you not wearing a mask can. Of course, I’m going to drive drunk. I’m way too drunk to walk! Besides there’s a 98% chance that I won’t kill a mother and her children on the way home, so get off my back!
An economy sick because it can’t stop to heal. Sick because we count money instead of people and let money make the rules. Killing for a profit, that’s the Walmart way.
“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt